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Kitchens, Dining Space And Food

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Contemporary written sources in the Latin East are replete with references to food and related matters. In houses in the village of al-Kurum cooking was done towards the back of the ground floor. The back room of the ground floor in house 12:3 served as the kitchen. In those Frankish cities that experienced continual inundations of pilgrims and travelling merchants, the ongoing need for prepared food was enough to warrant permanent venues selling prepared foods. The finest surviving example of a monastic refectory in the Kingdom of Jerusalem is that of the Hospitaller compound in Acre. Archaeological finds of grain crops include carbonised seeds from the Red Tower in the Sharon as well as wheat and barley and other grains along with the pollen of wheat, barley and rye from the latrines in Acre. Spoons and knives were basic items of tableware among the Franks.

Keywords: archaeology in Jerusalem; Frankish food; Hospitaller compound in Acre; monastic refectory



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